Services to be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church during Holy Week

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    By Lyn Burns
    St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

    From early times, Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion. Palm Sunday on March 28 marked the beginning of Holy Week this year and was observed at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church with a short procession into the church and the distribution of palms on a most glorious morning. 

    Services for the rest of the week at St. Patrick’s provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus’ earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection.

    They will be observed at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., as follows:

    • Maundy Thursday: April 1, 5 p.m. — communion service with music (streamed live).

    • Good Friday: April 2, noon — Good Friday service with music; no communion (streamed live); 5 p.m. — Stations of the Cross, no music or communion.

    A Zoom Stations of the Cross service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Contact the office for the Zoom link (see below).

    • Easter Sunday, April 4, 8 a.m. — communion service with music; 10 a.m. — communion service with music (streamed live).

    A little more about the services

    Maundy Thursday: “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, referring to the “new commandment” Jesus gave to his disciples on the night he was betrayed. The Gospel of John also describes, on that same night, Jesus’ institution of the Holy Eucharist and his washing of the disciples’ feet. As the service concludes, the people and the church itself are prepared for the stark solemnity of Good Friday.

    Good Friday: Christ’s Passion as told in the Gospel of John is commemorated: his betrayal, trial, crucifixion and burial at the noon service. There is no celebration of communion at this service; instead, solemn prayers used only on this day of the church year are said. The Stations of the Cross service at 5 p.m. recalls the series of events at the end of Jesus’ life from his condemnation to his burial. The Way of the Cross imitates the practice of visiting the places of Jesus’ Passion in the Holy Land by early Christian pilgrims. This service, which will include meaningful readings from an Ethiopian tradition, will be held in the church. 

    Easter Sunday: The annual feast of Christ’s resurrection. Faith in Jesus’ resurrection on the Sunday or third day following his crucifixion is at the heart of Christian belief. Easter sets the experience of springtime next to the ancient stories of deliverance and the proclamation of the risen Christ. The services at St. Patrick’s will be joyous and celebratory, with beloved Easter hymns, “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” and “Alleluia! The Strife Is O’er.” The anthem, from “The Hallelujah Chorus” by G. F. Handel, will be sung by Robert Neel.

    All are invited to these services.

    Please be assured that safety measures are in place at all times. These measures require that everyone wear masks and be positioned at least 6 feet apart from one another or between family groups. Services are limited to 40 individuals. Please contact the St. Patrick’s office to reserve a place at the service(s) you wish to attend: Phone: 731-5801; email: stpatricksofficepagosa@gmail.com. Streamed services can be viewed by going to St. Patrick’s website, stpatrickspagosa.org, and clicking on the link titled “Worship with Us Online.”